Duke Energy Delays Announcement

From Premium News Network:

Today was going to be the day which Duke Energy announced the route to service Asheville, which could possibly impact residents across the Upstate of South Carolina, especially the Landrum area. Sources tell PNN that Duke Energy’s delay is more about them getting the power needs accomplished in a way that does “right” by property owners. It would have been easy for Duke Energy to simply announce one of the pre-planned routes but we are told the delay has a lot to do with finalizing alternative plans, some of which include “mostly” using current right-of-ways and one of which could leave the Upstate out all together.

The following is Duke Energy’s press release:

Duke Energy working through public comments on Foothills Transmisson Line; project update planned for early November

  • More time is needed to continue to carefully consider more than 9,000 comments received on the proposed transmission line and create a solution to deliver cleaner, reliable power to Western Carolinas.
  • The company is looking at all options that can meet the region’s power demand over the next 10 to 15 years – including possible alternatives to the transmission line, Campobello substation and the configuration of the proposed Asheville natural gas power plant.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – In order to carefully consider the thousands of comments related to the siting of the proposed 230-kilovolt Foothills Transmission Line and Campobello substation, Duke Energy is extending its review process until early November.

“Our goal is to have the best possible plan with the least impact on property owners, the environment and the communities we serve,” said Robert Sipes, general manager of delivery operations for the Western Carolinas. “Concerns about the transmission line and substation – and the potential impact on tourism and mountain views we all enjoy – are significant.

“We want the thousands of property owners and others to know we are listening, and we very much appreciate their patience,” Sipes added. “The job for the Duke Energy team is to offer solutions to as many concerns as we can, including possible alternatives to the transmission line and substation, while also meeting the growing region’s expectation for cleaner and reliable power.”

This is absolutely a victory for the community in our county who advocated for their position thoughtfully and consistently.  There was a great forum held in August, standing room only, with many people left standing (but not leaving) in the parking lot.

stay tuned for more details …

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Duncan, Amash, Sanford on Speaker Race

I had a few of these bookmarked, but didn’t post them in time to read before today’s scheduled vote. Well … now we have a bit of time.

CLICK HERE for Jeff Duncan’s thoughts on the Speaker Race (before today’s events)

CLICK HERE for Justin Amash’s thoughts on the Speaker Race (before today’s events)

CLICK HERE for Mark Sanford’s thoughts on the Speaker Race (before today’s events)



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You have daughters. Sisters. Wives. Is the lesson that Europe is currently learning re: refugees lost on you?

When will Spartanburg citizens stop listening to the “head in sand” proponents of bringing Middle East refugees to Spartanburg who are unvetted (according to Senator Jeff Sessions) and who have already brought havoc and chaos to Europe?  From Investor’s Business Daily, October 6, 2015:

Under grilling from GOP Sen. Jeff Sessions, head of the Senate subcommittee on immigration, the Homeland Security official in charge of vetting Syrian and other foreign Muslim refugees confessed that no police or intelligence databases exist to check the backgrounds of incoming refugees against criminal and terrorist records.

“Does Syria have any?” Sessions asked. “The government does not, no sir,” answered Matthew Emrich, associate director for fraud detection and national security at DHS’ U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

Sessions further inquired: “You don’t have their criminal records, you don’t have the computer database that you can check?” Confessed Emrich: “In many countries the U.S. accepts refugees from, the country did not have extensive data holdings.”

Because the churches are leading the drumbeat in Spartanburg, many folks are hesitant to bring themselves to believe that what is happening could possibly be anything other than benevolence.  And institutions like Wofford College try their best to put out information on “good refugees” despite the videos and news reports we are seeing of the catastrophic results in Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, Britain.

Here’s a WSPA news story on a recent panel discussions held at Wofford to “educate the public on the real issue of refugee resettlement and dispel some false information some people see in the media or elsewhere.”  The problem is we have access to videos and tales of disaster already taking place in Europe who threw open their doors to refugees and their citizens are now struggling and suffering.

And quoted in the Wofford story is  Husein Kapasi, founder of Kapasi Glass, who had a little trouble some time ago – hiring an undercover Clinton police lieutenant for $5,000 to kill his son’s wife.

According to the Spartanburg Herald Journal reports at the time he was “upset that she worked outside the home, dressed in Western style clothes, and ate occasionally with men who were not family members.”

I can’t help thinking that just a few years from now, if the ostrich people prevail we’ll begin reading the stories in our community and seeing nightly new reports like the videos that are coming out of Europe about the problems occurring there.  Attacks on the street, engaging disruptively with law enforcement, businesses destroyed, insistence on Sharia law.  Unbelievably,  Germany has begun issuing warnings to grade school girls, ordering them to cover up and not wear shorts …

“The Syrian citizens are mainly Muslims and speak Arabic. The refugees are marked by their own culture. Because our school is directly next to where they are staying, modest clothing should be adhered to, in order to avoid discrepancies. Revealing tops or blouses, short shorts or miniskirts could lead to misunderstandings.”

These neighborhoods and schools in Germany are just like ours.  Or they were, until recently.

You have daughters. Sisters. Wives.  Is the lesson that Europe is currently learning lost on you?

Call Governor Nikki Haley and ask that she STOP the refugee resettlement(s) coming to South Carolina.

Phone: 803.734.2100


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PACE Act signed into law

From Tim Scott’s Facebook page:

A quick, non flood-related note: The President signed my PACE Act into law last night. We have taken a great step forward in protecting small and mid-sized businesses from the harmful effects of Obamacare. I want to thank my House colleague Congressman Brett Guthrie for his important work on the PACE Act, and all of our cosponsors for their support.

I am pleased we were able to stop the growth of Obamacare and block implementation of this harmful rule. I remain committed to a full repeal of the health care law, and will keep working to find solutions that put doctors and patients in charge – not the federal government.

Here’s the scoop…

As currently written, the Affordable Care Act defines a small employer as employing one to 50 employees. In 2016 the definition of a small employer is set to change to employers with one to 100 employees.

As currently written, this provision forces businesses with 51 to 100 employees into the small group insurance market in 2016, where they would face new coverage requirements. For many businesses, the new coverage requirements would lead to higher premiums and plan changes.

The PACE Act preserves the traditional definition of “small group,” but allows states to expand it to include employers with 51 to 100 employees, if they wish to do so.


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Update on Proposed New Spartanburg High School

Thanks to Clint Settle for gathering these additional details for us re: community forums to get input and feedback on the plans to replace Spartanburg High School with a new campus on the East side of Spartanburg

Wed 10/14 – 5-6 pm Spartanburg High Atrium

Thu 10/15 – 6-7 pm  Spartanburg High Atrium

10/20  – 6-7 @ Carver (Either in the gym or multi-purpose room)

10/21 –  5-6 @ Chapman Elementary (media center)

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Spartanburg County Council special meeting Thursday AM




THURSDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2015 – 8:30 AM (executive session meeting immediately PRIOR to this)





  1. Call to Order…………………….………. Honorable Jeff Horton, Chairman



  1. Receive information and take desired action in reference to an Ordinance to provide for the issuance and sale of not exceeding sixteen million dollars ($16,000,000) Spartanburg County, South Carolina General Obligation Refunding Bonds, Series 2015, in one or more series; to prescribe the purposes for which the proceeds shall be expended; to provide for the payment thereof; and other matters relating thereto. (Ms. Katherine O’Neill, County Administrator, to present) – (Action Requested:  Render first reading to Ordinance)



  • Render second reading to an Ordinance providing for amendment and restatement of Ordinance No. O-09-09, as previously amended by Ordinance No. O-12-27 and Ordinance No. O-14-15, pertaining to distribution of fee in lieu of tax revenues generated from certain joint county industrial and business parks.
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